• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: February and September 2021

Course Overview

Working in sports? Or dream of getting into the sector? This two-year foundation degree gives you the right mix of academic theory and workplace experience to get ahead in your career.

Coaches are the backbone to every successful player and athlete in any sport. They improve technique. Guide through psychological barriers. Rehabilitate after injury. Provide moral support. Study the science behind what makes a successful coach and you’ll learn lifelong skills to help you get the best from people.

  • Get a qualification to demonstrate your skills
  • Really understand the theory behind the physiology, psychology and biomechanics of coaching
  • It’s not just academic – get playing or work experience throughout the course either with your current role, performance pathway or organsiations such as Sport for Kids
  • We have great links with sports organisations – for example, we’re a Swim England National Performance Centre
  • Take advantage of our extensive sports facilities and activities, from martial arts to table tennis.

Course Details

Throughout the course, you’ll learn the theory behind key aspects of sport coaching. Then you’ll put that knowledge to use in practical work.

A full suite of coaching skills

We’ve developed a range of modules to cover topics across every aspect of coaching. Learn about energy and nutrition, biomechanics, even psychology.

You’ll study core topics across the two years. Then in your second year, you’ll have the choice between Child Development and Learning and Applied Strength and Conditioning. This will help you specialise further depending on what sort of career you’re interested in.

Built for your career

We’ve kept the course varied, with a mixture of practical and academic work. Some classes might need you to build up a portfolio, while others will involve essays or group presentations. You can submit work online, so the course is ideal if you want to work or focus on your performance while finishing off your studies.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score between 56-80 points. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Year One Modules

  • Human Science for Physical Education
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinathropometry
  • Professional and Academic Skills
  • Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice
  • Games for Sport and Physical Education
  • Sports Psychology: Individual Differences and Group Dynamics
  • Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning
  • Professional Development & Practice

Year Two Modules

  • Foundations of Biomechanics
  • Energy & Nutrition
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Working In Sports Coaching
  • Performance Analysis
  • Coaching and Athlete Development
  • Child Development and Learning (optional)
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning (optional)


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 per year

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

We’ll guide you towards industry opportunities, and support you to develop the practical skills you’ll need to succeed. At Bucks, foundation degrees are all about preparing you for your career, so you can be sure you’ll be off to a great start.

Careers you might consider include:

  • Sport development
  • School sports coordination
  • Fitness centre management
  • Teaching
  • Youth Work

You might also like to transfer to a top-up degree like BA(Hons) Sport Development and Coaching, BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science or BA(Hons) Sport and Physical Education.